July 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Marilyn Fisher Lundy

Auto heiress was passionate about helping the underserved

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Marilyn Fisher Lundy carried the name of auto barons, but her mission was to help the underserved in Detroit as president and CEO of Matrix Human Services.

She was the second of three daughters of Edward Fisher, who with his brothers, built General Motors Corp., Fisher Body Co., the Fisher Building and the Fisher Theatre.

Mrs. Lundy served 31 years at the Detroit-based nonprofit family services organization, formerly known as the League of Catholic Women, until her retirement in 2000.

Mrs. Lundy, a St. Clair Shores resident, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She was 89.

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron was one of many who witnessed Mrs. Lundy’s dedication to causes, working with her on the board of the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit during the early 1990s.

“I found Mrs. Lundy always thoughtful in her questions, always devoted to serving its goals, and very supportive,” said Vigneron. “I enjoyed working with her.”

Vigneron said Mrs. Lundy carried on a legacy of serving.

“Her family had been so instrumental with Bishop Michael Gallagher in helping to establish the seminary just after World War I, and with her serving at the end of the 20th century was a continuation of her family’s legacy.”

Matrix Human Services said that Mrs. Lundy was passionate about their mission.

“Mrs. Lundy was very active with the Matrix Barat Child and Family Services division long after her tenure,” the statement said. “She was passionate about Matrix’s mission to end the cycle of poverty, abuse, neglect and continued working with Matrix long after her employment with the organization.”

Mrs. Lundy was instrumental in the launch of the Head Start program at Matrix more than 30 years ago.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit in May 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, according to her family.

She married C. Bradford Lundy Jr., of Detroit, in 1946. They raised eight children and were married 53 years until his death in 1999. The Lundys moved to Grosse Pointe Shores in 1958 and were active in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish.

In 1988, Mrs. Lundy was elected to the Michigan State Board of Eduction for an eight-year term.

She served as a consultant to the Casa Richard Academy, a charter school in southwest Detroit for at-risk youth, and as a board member of the Marilyn F. Lundy Academy, a charter school on the border of Detroit and Hamtramck.

She was, said friend and colleague Kathleen McCann, “equally comfortable with presidents and paupers.”

“Even when those around her were intent on finding more aggressive or worldly solutions to difficult problems, she worked hard alongside them, but always simply trusted in the Lord,” McCann said.

She is survived by her children Marilyn Lundy McCaffrey; C. Bradford Lundy III ; Margaret Lundy Agnone; Dr. Edward F. Lundy; Kathleen Lundy Springuel; Lawrence E. Lundy; and John D. Lundy; 22 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Rosemary Lundy Murphy.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Sunday, with the rosary at 7 p.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. Services are at 9 a.m. Monday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monsignor Gary Smetanka will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Elliott Cemetery in Detroit.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the Fishermen’s Fund c/o Sacred Heart Major Seminary to help with tuition for priests and laity at the seminary, 2701 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206; http://www.shms.edu/content/guide-giving; or Right to Life Michigan, PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 http://www.rtl.org.

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